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Maureen (Mo) Hayden

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Today we reached our second port stop, Union Island. It was nice to go ashore today and to still know that we all have our land legs after over yet another week at sea. It took the Cramer a few tries to anchor in the harbor this morning, but third time is the charm. Due to the delay in anchoring the ship, field day has been pushed back until tomorrow. Field day is when all hands split up tasks and complete a thorough cleaning of the ship. After the anchor was set it was time for an all hands meeting on the Quarter Deck. A surprise was in order to celebrate Jess’s birthday.

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Kaitlyn Ladao

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This is so exciting! We are about to sail into port at Union Island sometime soon, and it is so nice seeing land. However, I do like being out on the ocean and just seeing the vast blue of the horizon. One of my favorite times is during the night watch, looking out into the stars. A watch is getting pretty good at naming constellations and navigation stars thanks to guidance of our mates, scientists, but especially our sailing intern Gabrielle (Gabs not Gabby). One my favorite constellation stories that I’ve heard from her is a Polynesian folk tale.

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Kyle McNulty

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Over the past 3 weeks our crew has sailed over 1000 miles, fought through weather, become a cohesive unit and have collected boatloads of scientific data (no pun intended). Needless to say if there were ever a place on earth to conquer fears and obtain interesting/relevant skills it is almost certainly on a scientific research vessel in the middle of the Caribbean. That being said today happened to be one of the more exciting days, because

2 students and I learned how to climb the masts.

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Brandon Donnelly

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Courcelle Stark

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After a night of motorsailing, the silence of simply sailing is refreshing. We are under the four lowers with the JT, but there is a new sail set, called the fisherman! It is difficult to set up and only used in light winds. The excitement has been high because it is the first new sail that we have set. Also, today Chuck made the announcement that we have entered tropical waters! Woot!

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Trevor Kaufman, Assistant Engineer

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Greetings from the engineering department aboard the SSV Corwith Cramer! It’s almost 2300 and the ship is as alive as ever.  A Watch is in the process of taking the deck from C watch, and the entire ship is humming in tune with our throaty Cummins diesel.  You can feel the rumble in your feet, your ears, your chest: motorsailing!  We’‘d probably all prefer to straight sail whenever possible, but it sure is pleasant to fall asleep to the deep vibrations of the main engine.


Matt Harrison, Sailing Intern

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Hello from the SSV Corwith Cramer, currently in the Eastern Caribbean!

On this lovely first day of March, 2014, we find ourselves about two day out of our first port-stop, and the ship’s company has quickly adjusted back into life at sea. The sun is high and bright and the waves are rolling past the port-hole in front of me as I write this. I’m hot and tired, but in a satisfactory kind of way.

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Emily Tradd

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After spending about two days ashore in beautiful Antigua it is sad to say goodbye but it is good to get back to the routine of watch schedules, class, meals, etc. My time spent in Antigua was filled with exploration of Falmouth Harbor and St. Johns and much time spent at Pigeon Beach. This peaceful beach was pretty unpopulated and overlooked the harbor where many incredible yachts were anchored. Some of these boats just finishing up a 600 mile race. I met many wonderful people from places such as New Zealand, England, Brazil and more.

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Jess Hartsock, Sailing Intern

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In Antigua, the busy season is from the beginning of January to the first week of May. Sailing races and the arrival of yachts of all sizes keep the harbors full while cruise ships bring thousands of tourists to see everything from the scenic beaches to historic sites left over from the British Colonial era.  The resident population doubles, triples or quadruples in size as people from Antigua or other Caribbean islands hope to find work in the services sector of Antigua’s economy. However, a combination of inflated prices and the seasonality of work make life very complicated for many Antiguans.

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Jade Moret

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Today was adventure day! The wonderful crew of the Corwith Cramer cared for her while the students took a trip to the other side of the Antigua from Falmouth Harbor to the port town of St. John, where the massive cruise ships dock, and tourists are plentiful. There was a juxtaposition of deteriorating buildings with small market shops and the area immediately available to cruise ship patrons, a brick street lined with common brands such as “Sunglass Hut” and “Timberland” shoes.

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